80,000 visit Big Cheese Festival 2012
The Big Cheese Festival 2012 in Caerphilly attracted 80,000 visitors over its three days according to organisers.
Despite the huge number descending on the town, Gwent Police has claimed there were no reports of trouble and not one arrest.
Cllr Harry Andrews, leader of Caerphilly County Borough Council, said: “The Big Cheese festival has become one of the most popular events in Wales and has contributed greatly to helping put Caerphilly county borough on the map as a key tourism destination.
“A lot of hard work goes into organising an event of this magnitude and I would like to thank the organisers and our sponsors for their continued support – it really is very much appreciated. I would also like to thank all the local people who once again turned out to make this year’s Big Cheese such a success.”
The annual festival began on Friday evening with the traditional Great Cheese race with 28 teams carrying a cheese taking part.
Caerphilly Swim Squad was announced as the winners of the Junior Contest and the Swamp Donkeys (Leisure Centre staff) were crowned winners of the Adult Contest.
This year’s theme of the Olympics was evident in the festival’s Parade of Nations, which saw more than 150 people from across the globe don their country’s national dress and parade through Caerphilly town and onto the Big Cheese site.
Friday’s opening also included the Olympic Opening Ceremony on a large screen and the night ended with a spectacular firework display over Caerphilly Castle.
Saturday and Sunday saw the fun continue with an extravaganza of street entertainers, living history encampments, music, falconry, craft stalls, a huge funfair.
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